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Normandy format: Poroshenko and Putin are to hold negotiations over Donbas
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation in the Normandy format at the night of May 24, the presidential press service reports.

According to its statement, this phone talk was held within 'the development of the tripartite telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that was made on May 21.'

A spokesman for the Russian president Dmitriy Peskov announced that Vladimir Putin is to take part in the international conversation that could be held late at night on May 23. He also confirmed that the telephone conversation is a conversation in the Normandy format.

On May 11, Berlin hosted a meeting of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry refused to make a joint statement. Their previous meeting, which had been held in March in Paris, ended without results too. Peskov then said that it was too early to talk about the meeting of the Normandy’s format’s presidents as it needs some 'homework' to be done.

The Normandy format refers to negotiations for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine. The participants include representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The leaders of these countries started to discuss the issue in June 2014 in Normandy at the celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the allied troops’ landing. The last meeting of the Normandy format’s leaders was held on October 2 in Paris. After hours of negotiations, Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande decided not to make a joint statement for the media.

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